Should You Be Concerned About Your Neck Symptoms?

Many patients that suffer from cervical disc pain, the portion of the spine located in the neck, may be experiencing symptoms that seem unrelated to neck pain, however, these symptoms may be a direct result of cervical disc herniation. Pain and symptoms from cervical disc herniations and tears can develop slowly over time and suddenly appear. The type of symptoms can vary from a dull, nagging pain, to pain that is quite debilitating. Patients will often say “I have a crick in my neck”. This can be mild and only a little uncomfortable and stiff, or may grow to be

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Fusion Surgery Often Worsens Spines

Efforts to stop spine fusions where not indicated in states and countries are succeeding, and for good reason. A Washing Post article reviewed 125,000 fusion patient records while reporting on the recent 600% rise of spinal fusions. Experts and professional societies noted that over half of these patients should not have been treated with spinal fusions. What motivates those fusions? Surgeons who routinely fuse patients take home over one million dollars a year. They can make seven times more money performing fusions than simple laminectomies, a simple surgery that opens up a tight spine canal without using metal hardware. After recently treating

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Spinal Fusions Worsen Opioid Epidemic

Because it’s known that spinal fusions cause irreversible damage to good discs adjacent to fusions1,2, it makes sense that spinal fusions are big contributors to the opioid epidemic. The relationship between taking opioids and spine surgery is becoming more important as fusion volumes continue rising and opioid use continues to rise.3  A respected orthopedic journal, (The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery), reported that 84% of patients who undergo even simple spine surgery, take opioids for the first time in their lives after having spine surgery.  In that study 9,990 spine surgery patients were followed. An important finding was that none of these spine patients taking opioids after spine surgery took opioids before

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Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections

Did you know your body has an amazing ability to heal itself?  Historically patients were told they would need certain invasive surgery to heal particular injuries, but today we know that many times these same injuries can be healed with growth factors that come directly from your own body. Regenerative medicine takes advantage of our natural ability to heal ourselves by using healthy regenerative cells found throughout the body. One example is PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) therapy. This is a treatment that aids in the body’s natural ability to heal its’ injuries and amplify the natural growth factors your body uses to

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Are Athletes Offered Regenerative Medicine?

Many athletes have experienced sports injuries every day but are not being appropriately informed of all the options available to them. It’s fair to say there are many surgeries performed each day in the United States that can be avoided with regenerative treatments such as PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma), BMC (Bone Marrow Concentrate stem cells), and Fibrin, and FDA-approved substance utilized for off-label use in the Discseel® Procedure, developed by Kevin Pauza MD. When patients visit our office, they are presented with all of their options, however the same does not hold true when the same patients visit other spine and

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A Lesson Learned From the Late Dr. DeBakey: The Greatest Innovators Should Expect the Most Ridicule

As you probably know, the “renegade” Physician, pioneer, and father of open-heart surgery was the late Dr. Michael DeBakey. His innovations saved many lives, and his legacy should motivate us to want to help others, and wanting to cause real disruption to improve the “Standard of Care.” Along his pathway, Dr. DeBakey encountered naysayers, both Physicians, and bureaucrats, who found comfort in the old “Standard of Care.” Dr. DeBakey’s pathway teaches us that innovators making the greatest “disruptions” should also expect the greatest roadblocks and ridicule. Something ironic: Dr. DeBakey’s naysayers included competing Physicians and bureaucrats, as expected, yet it

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For Back Pain Sufferers, IDET May Offer Hope

The dancer with the torn disk had IDET this summer, Dr. Lutz said, and is ”definitely better.” She hopes to be able to resume her career. For back pain sufferers like her, with torn disks but no other major disc degeneration, Dr. Lutz’s success rate is 75% to 80%, he said. Whether IDET becomes a standard treatment will depend on studies like a multicenter trial that is being run by Dr. F. Todd Wetzel, an orthopedic surgeon who is medical director at the University of Chicago Spine Center. The study involves 74 patients; 38 of them had the therapy at

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Groundbreaking Spinal Treatment Spurs Saudi Interest

This is the story of a passionate, innovative alumnus who helped pioneer a new specialty in medicine, founded an award-winning hospital, created a foundation, became a friend and physician to the Royal family of Saudi Arabia, and patented a medical invention that is providing new, minimally-invasive spinal treatment for disc and spinal disorders. And he’s only 43. “I never use an alarm clock, and I work seven days a week,” says Kevin Pauza, M.D., ’90, an Interventional Spine specialist and researcher who focuses on the diagnosis and non-surgical treatment of back and neck pain. “It doesn’t feel like work when you love

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Saudi Royalty Makes a Visit to Tyler, Texas

TYLER, TX (KLTV) – It’s official: Tyler is now a playground for Saudi royalty. We found out about a Saudi prince’s visit to East Texas after a 737 bearing the country’s national symbol was spotted at the Tyler Jet Center.  Rumors were swirling about the Saudi royalty visit. “One I heard, he was here with friends, visiting the Rose Festival, said Carolyn Verver. Verver works at the Jet Center and says the plane was sitting at the Aviation Museum when she got there Saturday morning.  Sources tell us the prince’s plane flew into Tyler Thursday night. Turns out Prince Faisal

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The Holy Grail of Pain Relief?

THE HOLY GRAIL OF PAIN RELIEF? CBS SUNDAY MORNING CORRESPONDENT MARTHA TEICHNER REPORTS ON A NEW PROCEDURE TO TREAT THE MOST COMMON CAUSE OF BACK PAIN More than 1.3 million Americans undergo spinal surgery each year — more than triple the number of coronary bypass surgeries and more than five times the number of hip replacements. Approximately 300,000 of those back surgeries were spinal fusions, in which vertebrae are joined surgically and held in place with metal screws or rods. For many patients, the surgery is salvation. For others, it can be a nightmare. CBS SUNDAY MORNING correspondent Martha Teichner speaks with patients and doctors, including Dr. Kevin Pauza — founder of

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Spinal Fusions Worsen Opioid Epidemic

Because it’s known that spinal fusions cause irreversible damage to good discs adjacent to fusions1,2, it makes sense that spinal fusions are big contributors to the opioid epidemic. The relationship between taking opioids and spine

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